“Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments” at Serralves Museum

There are few living artists of our time who have achieved the recognition and the renown of Anish Kapoor (b. Mumbai, 1954). His vast and profound sculptural work has been conceived for and on the scale of bodies, cities and the landscape, and the myriad contexts in which they are located, from the urban scale of metropolitan centres such as London, Naples, New York and Chicago, and the rolling hillsides of England and New Zealand.

 

"Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments" © Serralves

“Anish Kapoor: Works, Thoughts, Experiments” © Serralves

 

In recent years, Kapoor also has been invited to present his work in some of the world’s most beautiful formal gardens, including London’s Kensington Gardens and the Palace of Versailles. The gardens and museum of the Serralves Foundation offer a platform of a different history and spatial order in which to encounter the work of the artist. (more…)

“Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018” at Serpentine Galleries

Christo’s first large-scale public sculpture in the UK will float on The Serpentine lake in Hyde Park from 18 June to 23 September. Measuring 20m in height by 30m and 40m, the sculpture consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels, specifically fabricated and painted in shades of red, white, blue and mauve.

 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude  The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18  Photo: Wolfgang Volz  © 2018 Christo

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18 Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2018 Christo

 

The London Mastaba is Christo’s first outdoor, public work in the UK. The sculpture and exhibition offer an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to experience Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work. Born on the same day in 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Casablanca, Morocco respectively, Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, began their collaboration in 1961 and their many celebrated public projects include Wrapped Coast, Sydney, Australia (1968-69), Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin (1971-1995); The Gates, Central Park, New York City (1979-2005); and more recently The Floating Piers on Italy’s Lake Iseo (2014-2016). (more…)

Discover the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo, an architect celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

 

Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan

 

Escobedo (b. 1979, Mexico City) is the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to designa temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens. This pioneering commission, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid, has presented the first UK structures of some of the biggest na mes in international architecture. In recent years, it has grown into a hotly anticipated showcase for emerging talent, from Sou Fujimoto of Japan to selgascano of Spain and Bjarke lngels of Denmark, whose 2016 Pavilion was the most visited architectural and design exhibition in the world. Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel selected this year’s architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers. The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is sponsored by Goldman Sachs in its fourth year of support. (more…)

“That Pink Thing” Langarita & Navarro and Jerónimo Hagerman installation at IVAM

The objective of “That Pink Thing” is to materialize a space that responds to contemporary concerns around the energetic, the ecosystemic, the political, the public or the sensible. Through large-scale textile and vegetable elements, the intervention will provide shade to the main façade of the museum, which, oriented to the west, receives a strong insolation in summer. It will try to change the perception of this space to turn it into an outside room to carry out activities.

 

"That Pink Thing" Langarita & Navarro and Jerónimo Hagerman installation at IVAM © IVAM

“That Pink Thing” Langarita & Navarro and Jerónimo Hagerman installation at IVAM © IVAM

 

THAT PINK THING is a temporary intervention made on the IVAM’s façade by the artist Jerónimo Hagerman (Mexico City, 1967) and the architects María Langarita (Calatorao, 1979) and Víctor Navarro (Madrid, 1979). Their intention is to reveal an IVAM parallel to the one that was designed on the basis of the modern logic of what is hard and solid, and to materialise a space that provides a response to contemporary concerns about energy, the ecosystem, politics, the public sphere and sensibility. (more…)

“RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice” at the 2018 Venice Biennale

The project reveals an unknown side to Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta: their most intimate world. All three architects have created a space in which to investigate and rethink humanity’s relationship with the world that can be found in La Vila, in the Bianya valley (Girona), and their project for the Venice Biennale revolves around this.

 

"RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice" © Giuseppe Dall'Arche

“RCR. Dream and Nature Catalonia in Venice” © Giuseppe Dall’Arche

 

At the presentation of the project to the press, the director of the institute Ramon Llull, Manuel Forcano, pointed out the unusual fact that what is exhibited “is not a finished project, but a work in progress, an idea under construction, ideas to work on, and I like this because it gives it an air of volatility, something open.” Forcano described the Catalan pavilion as a “poem” for its “introspection, intimacy and depth”. (more…)

“Inhabit the air” installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid

Cirugeda will build a house in the interior of Nave 11 together with women collectives of the city of Madrid, led and trained by the Recetas Urbanas team (which has considerable experience in collective do-it-yourself construction) with students of Escuela Artediez and GANDIABLASCO.

 

"Inhabit the air" installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid  © Orlando Gutiérrez

“Inhabit the air” installation by Santiago Cirugeda at Matadero Madrid © Orlando Gutiérrez

 

This artist and social architect from Seville focuses his mind, heart and sweat on taking advantage of legal loopholes for the benefit of the community, and his work is admired and recognised throughout the world. Cirugeda regularly occupies public spaces with containers, he constructs prosthetics on façades, patios, roofs and even on plots of land with the agreement of local residents, creating protocols that can be used by the citizens’ collectives themselves, both for the improvement of urban fragments and for the development of specific projects that will make it possible to resolve housing issues. All of this in what is a negotiation between legality and illegality, to help us remember the enormous control to which we are subjected. (more…)

“The Florence Experiment” at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller in Florence

This spring-summer Palazzo Strozzi will host The Florence Experiment, a new site-specific project devised by celebrated German artist Carsten Höller and plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, curated by Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Director General.

 

"The Florence Experiment" at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller © Martino Margheri

“The Florence Experiment” at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller © Martino Margheri

 

Connecting internal and external spaces of the famed Renaissance palace, The Florence Experiment will comprise two experiences – monumental, intertwined slides will spiral visitors down a height of twenty metres, and a ‘live’ analysis of the impact of human emotion on plant growth. The project has been designed to further our understanding of ecology – not only as respect for nature, but as the awareness of empathy between man and his botanical environment. (more…)

“The Effusivity Pool” installation by Philippe Rahm architectes at Istituto Svizzero di Milano

The Effusivity Pool proposes to experiment an interior space which materials are no longer chosen according to plastic or memorial criteria, but on physics, looking for a sustainable form of Beauty. What we want to bring into the definition of the solid and thus the physical expressivity of a building or of an interior space, are physical, thermal and climatic values, such as those of reflectance, emissivity, effusivity and conductivity.

 

Philippe Rahm architects, "The Effusivity pool", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 18 April - 9 May 2018 Courtesy: Philippe Rahm architects and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

Philippe Rahm architects, “The Effusivity pool”, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 18 April – 9 May 2018
Courtesy: Philippe Rahm architects and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

 

The Effusivity Pool is thus a manifestation of a few materials chosen according to their climatic proprieties. But the choice of them is no longer made according to analogue or memorial criteria, but according to energy and climatic criteria. We put in place, according to a highly perceptible gradation, 4 materials according to their intrinsic property of effusivity, whose characteristic is to speed up or to slow down the body heat loss by conduction when the human skin is touching a material. (more…)

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura

The exhibition presents a series of interactive installations, conceived and built by the students of the atelier of Riccardo Blumer at the USI Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, representative of an educational path that insists on learning the fundamental principles of architecture through the understanding of the potentialities of the human body and its being a unit of measurement of the humanized world.

 

"Seven automatic architectures and other exercises"  by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

 

Teatro dell’architettura will host the exhibition “Atelier Blumer. Sette Architetture Automatiche e altri esercizi” from March 9 to May 31. The exhibition is the opening event of a long series of activities aimed at testing the potential of the building: an array of lectures, debates, film screenings and conferences that will lead to the major show Louis Khan e Venezia in October. (more…)

‘London Design Festival’ celebrates its 15th anniversary from 16 to 24 September

For nine days in September, London provides the stage for thousands of individual designers and artists, companies and organisations to present their latest works. The Festival invites visitors to take a closer look at their diverse output, from the commercial to the conceptual, the practical to the improbable.

 

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot at Victoria and Albert Museum © London Design Festival

 

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city between the 16-24 September 2017. A major feature of the Festival is an ambitious programme of over 450 projects and events, offering Londoners and visitors to the city an opportunity to experience world-class, innovative, and challenging design across the capital.

Learn all about the different Design Districts here.  (more…)